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Help Me  Joni Mitchell

Subject: Annotated CRD: Joni Mitchell's - "Help Me"
"Help Me" from _Court and Spark_
This is one of my favorites. Larry Carleton is the guitarist on this
song, and he plays some really intersting chordal/arpeggiated stuff (which
I'm still trying to pick out, since they're pretty low in the mix).
This song has a bunch of really subtle changes in it, so I advise anyone who
wants to play it to listen _very_ carefully. I have notated the difficult
bits with an asterisk (*) and indicated why each part is tricky. I
sincerely doubt Carleton had any trouble with it, but for us lesser mortals....
In any event, you need to listen to the song closely to pick up the vocal,
which has lots of jazz rhythms to it. If you can play this with a female
vocalist, I envy you greatly!
So anyway, here goes:
Chords you will use:
A sus2 open: x-0-2-2-0-0
A major: x-0-2-2-2-0
e minor 7: 0-2-2-0-3-0
G major: 3-2-0-0-3-3
G major 7: 3-x-5-4-3-2 (this chord is kind of hard if you don't use your
thumb, so you might want to omit the low g on 6, or use another fingering
 like 3-x-4-4-3-x, 3-x-0-0-0-2, or x-10-12-11-12-x-|
 F major 7: x-x-3-2-1-0---------------------------| (I like this so that I can embellish easily using open

strings, and because it's an easy slide down from G major 7, but you may
want to use 1x221x if you're using a different G major 7)
F major 7 variant 2: x-8-10-9-10-x (use this one in another part, notated
F major 7 barre)
C major 7: x-3-2-0-0-x (this chord will cause no shortage of headaches
since it is used as a transition and you often are on it for no more
than a beat. I don't recommend refingering it for that reason.)
Bb major 7: x-1-3-2-3-x
D major 7: x-5-7-6-7-x
|A sus 2| A sus 2| straight into:
A maj e min 7
Help me, I think I'm falling
[G]In[maj] lov[7]e again.
When I get that crazy feeling,
I [F]kn[maj]ow [7]I'm in trouble again,
I'm in trouble,
'Cause you're a ramblin' and a gamblin' and a sweet-talking ladies man,
[C]An[maj]d yo[7]u love your lo[G]vi[maj]n',[7]
[no lyrics wbile tbe borns play one of tbe song's signature licks] 
Not like you love your[C] f[maj]reed[7-A]om.[maj-C] [maj] [7]
*note that the time signature changes here from 4 to 3 for a measure and
then changes back. The best advice I can give you is to listen to the
recording carefully here, and maybe to skip the last C maj 7, since A feeds
quite nicely into the next chord as well
[No vocals bere: transition between verses wbere Larry C. does bis stuff] 
|D maj 7|Bb maj 7|F maj 7 barre|F maj 7 barre|G maj|A maj *|G maj|A maj *|
|G maj|A maj|A maj|... back into verse 2
* indicates that the horn players have a riff that is, as far as I can tell,
unplayable by one guitar, so go nuts on an A major or A blues scale for a bit!
I often play the G maj to A maj progression with 10th and 12th position barre
chords if I want to play high stuff, but it really depends on mood.
Verse 2:
Help me, I think I'm falling,
In love too fast.
It's got me hoping for the future,
And worrying about the past,
'Cause I've seen some hot, hot blazes
come down in smoking ash.
We love our lovin',
Not like we love our freedom.
[back into tbe Larry C. transition part and tben go to tbe Bridge] 
[G]Di[maj]dn't[7] it feel good, just sitting there talking,
Or lying there not talking, didn't it feel good?
[F] [maj] [7]  
You danced with the lady with a hole in her stocking.
Didn't it feel good?
Didn't it feel good?
[some vocal gymnastics witb call and response "Didn't it feel good"'s] 
[D]Di[maj]dn't[7] it feel good?
[G]Di[maj]dn't[7] it feel good?
[D]Di[maj]dn't[7] it feel good?
[G]Di[maj]dn't[7] it feel good?
|G maj|A maj *|G maj|A maj *|G maj|A maj|A maj| ... back into last verse:
Help me, I think I'm falling in love with you,
Are you going to make me go there by myself?
That's such a lonely thing to do.
Both of us flirting around, flirting, and flirting, hurting, too.
Not like we love our freedom.
[end verse but skip tbe G maj - A maj part and go straigbt into...] 
Outro to fade:
[lots more Larry C. stuff] 
|D maj 7|F maj 7| ...
Comments, questions, corrections, etc., welcome.
[--]Jay Verkuilen
In the warped world of Mattel talking doll conversations:
Talking Barbie(TM)--"Math is tough!"
Talking Ken(TM)--"Group theory is intuitively obvious."

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